Disturbing the Universe

David L Clements, science and science fiction

My Helsinki Worldcon Programme

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If you want to see me at Worldcon, here are the items I’m on!

Obsolete Science Ideas

Wednesday 15:00 – 16:00, 102 (Messukeskus)

Many obsolete science ideas have had long lives in SF long after scientists have moved on – the panelists discuss their favorite obsolete science ideas that refuse to die in science fiction!

 

Signing: David Clements

10th August: 1100-1200.
Location: Signing area

The Long Term Future of the Universe & How to Avoid It

Thursday 15:00 – 16:00, Rauhanasema (Messukeskus)

Cosmology and astrophysics now have a fairly good set of predictions for the long term future of the universe and none of them look good for life as we know it. Whether it is the end of the stelliferous epoch, the Big Rip, proton decay or the end of the false vacuum, the universe in tens of billions of years will not be as we know it. This panel will combine scientists & SF writers to look at different long term futures and how life might be able to survive them.

 

The War on Science

Friday 15:00 – 16:00, 208 (Messukeskus)

Many scientists feel that some politicians and members of the public are turning their backs on inconvenient results and choosing to ignore empirical evidence. From climate change to GM food, from anti-vaccers to pollution why is this and what can be done? Is the age of scientific knowledge coming to an end?

 

Tall Technical Tales

Saturday 19:00 – 20:00, 203a (Messukeskus)

Like most things, science doesn’t progress smoothly and seamlessly, instead it moves in a series of bumps and jumps. He we celebrate the bumps with amusing stories from the front line of science where things didn’t go exactly as they were planned. Bring your own stories to add to the mix!

 

Morality of Generation Ships

Sunday 14:00 – 15:00, 206 (Messukeskus)

Is it moral to send a group of colonists away on a generation ship to colonise a distant world, knowing that the children and grandchildren who will be born on board that ship (and on the destination planet when it is reached) will not have had a say in the choice? They will be forced to continue the mission, and try and make a life on a possibly unsuitable planet, whilst the people who were willing to take on those risks for their descendants will be long dead and not have to live with the decision.

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Author: davecl

Astronomy, science, science fiction

One thought on “My Helsinki Worldcon Programme

  1. Looks like you’re going yo be busy! Have fun!

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